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Numbers 8 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Setting Up the Lamps

(Exo 25:31–40 )
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:1 - The LORD said to Moses,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:2 - “Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you set up the lamps, see that all seven light up the area in front of the lampstand.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:3 - Aaron did so; he set up the lamps so that they faced forward on the lampstand, just as the LORD commanded Moses.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:4 - This is how the lampstand was made: It was made of hammered gold—from its base to its blossoms. The lampstand was made exactly like the pattern the LORD had shown Moses.

The Setting Apart of the Levites

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:5 - The LORD said to Moses:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:6 - “Take the Levites from among all the Israelites and make them ceremonially clean.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:7 - To purify them, do this: Sprinkle the water of cleansing on them; then have them shave their whole bodies and wash their clothes. And so they will purify themselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:8 - Have them take a young bull with its grain offering of the finest flour mixed with olive oil; then you are to take a second young bull for a sin offering.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:9 - Bring the Levites to the front of the tent of meeting and assemble the whole Israelite community.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:10 - You are to bring the Levites before the LORD, and the Israelites are to lay their hands on them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:11 - Aaron is to present the Levites before the LORD as a wave offering from the Israelites, so that they may be ready to do the work of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:12 - “Then the Levites are to lay their hands on the heads of the bulls, using one for a sin offering to the LORD and the other for a burnt offering, to make atonement for the Levites.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:13 - Have the Levites stand in front of Aaron and his sons and then present them as a wave offering to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:14 - In this way you are to set the Levites apart from the other Israelites, and the Levites will be mine.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:15 - “After you have purified the Levites and presented them as a wave offering, they are to come to do their work at the tent of meeting.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:16 - They are the Israelites who are to be given wholly to me. I have taken them as my own in place of the firstborn, the first male offspring from every Israelite woman.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:17 - Every firstborn male in Israel, whether human or animal, is mine. When I struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, I set them apart for myself.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:18 - And I have taken the Levites in place of all the firstborn sons in Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:19 - From among all the Israelites, I have given the Levites as gifts to Aaron and his sons to do the work at the tent of meeting on behalf of the Israelites and to make atonement for them so that no plague will strike the Israelites when they go near the sanctuary.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:20 - Moses, Aaron and the whole Israelite community did with the Levites just as the LORD commanded Moses.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:21 - The Levites purified themselves and washed their clothes. Then Aaron presented them as a wave offering before the LORD and made atonement for them to purify them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:22 - After that, the Levites came to do their work at the tent of meeting under the supervision of Aaron and his sons. They did with the Levites just as the LORD commanded Moses.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:23 - The LORD said to Moses,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:24 - “This applies to the Levites: Men twenty-five years old or more shall come to take part in the work at the tent of meeting,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:25 - but at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and work no longer.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 8:26 - They may assist their brothers in performing their duties at the tent of meeting, but they themselves must not do the work. This, then, is how you are to assign the responsibilities of the Levites.”
NIV Footnotes
Or purification offering; also in verse 12

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